Special Interest in Eating Disorders
My passion is working with people whose relationship with food has become a difficult one.
I love to help people work towards a place where they understand how food choices, thoughts and behaviours are interconnected and all impact upon our bodies; and to make slow, gentle changes to help forge a new relationship with food which is positive and appetite regulated.
Each change achieved is a small step towards gaining the freedom to eat without rules, fear or shame.
After spending four years as a research psychologist looking at the effects of stress, anxiety and depression on people’s minds and bodies at Bankstown Anxiety Clinic, I decided to return to university and study Nutrition and Dietetics so I could focus instead on bringing positive health benefits to people’s lives through nutrition. But I soon realised that many people do not have this positive relationship with food: there are those who are plagued with shame after eating… those who simply cannot stop eating at times… and those who feel they can’t allow themselves to eat at all. Using my knowledge of psychology and nutrition to help people struggling with these sorts of issues is something I find so rewarding – it’s not enough to look at a food pyramid and say “you should be eating this”. Instead, my nutrition advice is tailored to focus upon balanced nutrition and managing any unhelpful behaviours, thoughts and fears people may have around food.
Eating disorders are chronic and complex; there are many websites giving quick-fix advice (of varying levels of evidence-based practice), but this is definitely an area where a strong commitment to staying up-to-date with new research and best-practise is crucial. I have a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Hons.), and a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I presented my Masters thesis on nutrition education for disordered eating at the 2011 conference of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED). I’ve worked for 6 years in a specialist eating disorders clinic at Wesley Hospital, am on the preferred outpatient practitioners list for the Butterfly Foundation, am a full member of ANZAED, and regularly attend conferences and workshops to maintain awareness of new information about eating disorder knowledge and treatment.
Claire is experienced with, and particularly interested in helping the following conditions:
- Clinical Eating Disorders and disordered eating
- Mindful and Intuitive eating – managing food cravings, binge eating, emotional eating and connecting with appetite signals
- Healthy eating
- Optimising nutrition for children and adults
- Weight management
- Cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, high cholesterol or blood pressure
- Nutrition for Mental Health
If you would like to see Claire to discuss other health issues please email or call us to find out how we can help.
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